Tulsa, Okla. - Bishop Edward Slattery, head of the Catholic Diocese for Eastern Oklahoma, said he was in a "prayerful mood" ever since he woke up Tuesday morning.
He said what's about to happen is extremely important.
But he said he didn't think the new Pope would be chosen today.
"No I don't think it's going to happen today," he said. "I think they're going to go in and cast their first ballot, and so the names will surface, how big that list is we'll never know."
He thinks Thursday will be the day a Pope is selected, but he was quick to add that he doesn't know any more than anybody else.
He said "holiness" is the quality that he's looking for in the next Pope.
Like man, he said he's hoping the new Pope will help energize the Church, but he doesn't think that necessarily has to mean a younger Pope.
He said Pope Benedict XVI successfully energized the Church in spite of being older.
He's asking all Catholic Churches in Eastern Oklahoma to ring their bells when the new Pope is named.